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What to expect

Knowing what to expect before and after surgery can help reduce concerns you might have. Our staff offers the latest in surgical patient education, providing complete instructions from pre-operative all they way through discharge.

Before surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Stop smoking; it may constrict blood vessels and increase healing time
  • Have blood, urine and other tests per your physician
  • Stop taking certain medications which may increase the chance of bleeding
  • Stop eating/drinking a certain number of hours before surgery
  • Sign a consent form

After surgery:

  • You will spend a few hours in recovery
  • You will be moved to another room
  • Our nursing staff will explain post-surgical care, including medications
  • You will be provided detailed home care instructions and recommendations for follow-up
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